Longtime healthcare executive appointed to oversee quality at local hospitals

Sonya M. Zeller

The parent company of The Villages Regional Hospital has appointed a longtime healthcare executive and registered nurse as its new director of corporate quality.

Sonya M. Zeller joined Central Florida Health earlier this year after serving as vice president, chief operating officer and chief nurse executive, physician practice administrator and cancer service line administrator at the local and system level for Indiana University Health. During that time, she also held a number of other leadership roles.

“We are excited that Dr. Zeller has joined our team to lead our clinical quality efforts,” says Phyllis Baum, vice president and chief quality officer for CFH, which also oversees Leesburg Regional Medical Center. “Excellence in clinical quality and patient experience are two of our organization’s main priorities and are consistent with Dr. Zeller’s long track record of success in leading teams in these efforts during her illustrious career in executive leadership.”

As the system director of quality, Zeller will lead and direct all quality management activities for the hospitals, including infection control, accreditation compliance and readiness, performance improvement, patient safety and the cancer program.

“I’m confident that Dr. Zeller will facilitate ongoing improvements to the overall patient experience and assist our organization in achieving its vision of being the area’s safest hospitals,” Baum said.

Zeller is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, where she earned a doctorate in nursing practice, a master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in nursing. She also earned a master’s degree in nursing, management and leadership from the University of Southern Indiana.

CFH is a locally owned and governed not-for-profit healthcare system and the largest, most comprehensive provider of healthcare services in the region. The agency provides services to Lake, Sumter and Marion counties through inpatient acute hospital services at The Villages Regional Hospital and Leesburg Regional Medical Center, inpatient rehabilitation services at TVRH Rehabilitation Hospital and diagnostic laboratory services at several locations. To learn more, visit www.CentralFloridaHealth.org.